Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Entering the Lotto Business

With the downturn in the economy so is income from the state lottery.  notyetLAUSD will be starting a new lottery ticket SCHOOL2JAIL.  The entry level prizes are $1, $2, $5, $10, $6,200 (or what the district spends on each student).  The grand prize is $35,000 plus health benefits (or what the State spends on each inmate).

-apologies if the math isn't right 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


Taking a break from trying to cast a bold vision for LAUSD, we need to address another part of the LAUSD equation, UTLA.  UTLA has turned over a new leaf,  UTLA will now bend over and do whatever LAUSD says, maybe UTLA will now do what notyetLAUSD says.

On July 5th all UTLA teachers will find their paychecks 20% smaller. Why are teacher paychecks 20% smaller?

LAUSD took advantage of a loophole in the UTLA contract passed last spring 2011 in a 3 day rushed vote by outgoing UTLA president A.J. Duffy.  UTLA rank and file never got a pro/con sheet for the contract, a first for anyone working here.  At this point it should not be a surprise that LAUSD would have a back door to more furlough days.

In January of 2012 LAUSD declares its intent to take more furlough days in this school year even though this years budget income exceeded the magic trigger number when furloughs would have kicked in.  Basically UTLA agreed to furlough days if the district received less than $4,500 from the state, the district in fact received $4,700.  At this point LAUSD proposed taking out one furlough day a month to soften the blow on teachers.

 UTLA decided to go to arbitration to fight LAUSD on the furloughs and perform an act of "fighting for teacher pay".  I'm not sure what takes three months?  The 3 months delay caused by arbitration means that all furlough days fall on one check.  The lack of communication from UTLA to suggest that arbitration might fall in LAUSD's favor screws over every teacher who now has a 20% cut in their July pay check.   The lack of communication from UTLA to suggest that arbitration might fall in LAUSD's favor is a sign the UTLA members will not want to participate in the union.  Why did UTLA think arbitration would start ruling in their favor?

At what point does an LAUSD teacher find Beaudry to have their back before their union?

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Sexual reassignment to solve graduation crisis

If you haven't heard, we need 100% college or career ready.  We know that on average a high school degree is worth $1.2 million over a lifetime while a bachelor's degree is worth $2.1 million (according to these people). That is roughly $0.57 on the dollar that the high school grad makes on the bachelor's degree's dollar.

Depending on what facts you believe, women make $0.77 on the dollar of men.

One solution that notyetAUSD school board should study is the effect of reassigning our female population to male.  This will not fix the gap our students currently face completely, but it might very well be the most cost-effective solution.  Based on a single Google search the cost of a reassignment can run around $50,000 or about 10 years of education.  As wise stewards of tax payer resources and our scale as the second largest school district there is enough reason to think we could get a group discount on reassignment.  Our Board needs to pass a resolution and tie up our district staff with countless hours of research into effects of reassigning our females to male.